Great games night last night, good turn-out again.
Played WHFB for a change
Took on Nick’s Greenskins. As predictable the Elves took a
toll with their crossbows and repeater bows. The scenario forced his Night
goblin Shaman to deploy late, only to be taken out by two units of scouting
Shades that appeared on either side of him.
The crossbows also prevented Nicks great-looking pirate themed Goblins with the
spider banner from doing much damage. Troll vomit accounted for the Cold One
Nights, and the High Sorceress but eventually Malus Darkblade saw them off,
routed and caught in the pursuit, only to be taken out himself by a doom diver.
My hydra was unceremoniously hacked to shreds by his Black Orcs, after
frazzling a few with his breath attack, and chomping a few heads. His 5 heads
was no counter for the sheer number of attacks rained on him.
My unit of repeater crossbowmen then had Okram’s Mindrazor cast on
them by the surviving sorceress, enabling them to withstand the onslaught of
the black orc Big Unzs, (uncharacteristically wiping them out ), but eventually
succumbing to the masses of Savage Orcs that bore down on them, but not before
taking out the Ork Shaman.
Hamish took on Sam’s Chaos Daemons. I’m not 100% sure of the
outcome, but I think the Chaos Warriors did not prevail on the day; and the
chaos marauders in particular went home in disgrace.
Great to see a WWII game going down too, not 100% sure what
the outcome was there either, but it looked like great fun, as did the 40K
As a doctor I am on occasion honoured to share the last years of veteran soldiers, airmen and seamen.
I have met amazing people in my career,
Veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Rhodesian and South African Border Wars.
I have been privileged to have met Allied Veterans of El Alamein and Tobruk, Cassino and Crete, a German Infantry survivor of Stalingrad (minus part of one limb) , an engineer that developed the tail assembly for the Messerschmidt Me 109E, a Mustang P51 squadron leader, a Short Sunderland tail gunner, a forward airfield observer in the Pacific War, a sailor of HMS Leander and Achilles and a Lancaster Bomber pilot and A Skyhawk Squadron leader, many Infantry and Artillerymen that can all parade through my mind.
Generic Lancaster Crew Member (Not John Penman)
Tonight I was invited by the family of the late John Penman, Lancaster Pilot, who I knew for the last 12 years, to pick from his collection of over 1500 military books what I would like. His family had reserved some for their own use, and had given the War Museum at Waiuro, NZ first choice of the collection.
They chose over 400 books to preserve.
The collection spans the whole of military history, starting with the Vikings through to the Modern Soviet Army of the Cold War, Miniature Painting and Modelling and Wargaming.Many are out of print collectors items.My Library is suddenly bursting at the seams.
I will feature some of the books in posts to come.
Thank you to Jack and Fen for your incredible generosity